A few months ago my sweet and handsome husband graduated grad school. He’s applied to hundreds of places, had dozens of interviews, lots of job offers and none felt right. Not until the one we just found out about and accepted a few weeks ago. We’ve known we would be moving but just a few days ago found out where to. Charleston, West Virginia. We are under contract on our house and will be moved by August 15. Because I want to make sure to get everyone’s shoots edited by this date I’m only going to be adding a few more shoots in July. I have 1 mini shoot and 3 regular length shoots left ’till I will close my business here. (But we do hope to be back in Utah one day.) I will definitely give updates on when I will be back to visit family so make sure to quickly snag any of those spots I offer. And I’m not opposed at all to come back to shoot the occasional wedding.
I’ve been thinking about what to write to adequately express my love and gratitude for everyone who has supported me since I started shooting about 9 years ago. I don’t think there are words that mean enough. I’ve had so many repeat clients who stuck with me through my struggling beginnings in high school, have shot the weddings of every child in 1 particular family, was able to capture family photos for two families as one of their children was close to the end of their life. I was honored to shoot in Texas, Idaho, California, Colorado, Louisiana, and of course Utah. Every bride and groom I’ve met through this process have changed my life and made me appreciate the gift of marriage even more. Every engagement shoot I do makes me giddy and come home to my husband with googly heart eyes all over again. Every family I’ve worked with have made me laugh and put a smile on my face. Every shoot I do energizes me and now re-charges my mom batteries. Thank you. To every client who’s ever trusted me to capture an important moment in their life. I sincerely love you all. You have changed my life.
Several people have asked me how many weddings I had to cancel to move so abruptly. I wanted to write this part out because I also need to thank my Heavenly Father for looking out for me. Every Aug-Oct is also a busy time for me. Last year I turned down over 10 weddings while I would be taking my maternity leave to have my baby in September. This year however I’ve had very little interest in that time. Every time I’d think about advertising to try and book weddings during the end of summer/beginning of fall the thought would leave or I’d get distracted. Every time I’d think how weird it was that I had no wedding on my schedule after July I’d also feel peace. I now know that the Lord’s hand was in helping me phase my business out here in preparation to be able to support my husband and our family in moving. I’m so grateful for a Father that looks out for me because he knows how much I care about this part of my life. My biggest fear is having to suddenly cancel a wedding but I’m grateful I didn’t have to call a single bride to cancel.
I started my journey with a $600 dollar camera I saved with babysitting money as a 16 year old and now I start my next chapter on the other side of the United States. I’m so sad to be leaving this beautiful state but also so excited to get to serve the community in Charleston.
I look forward to the time I’m back here again.